Open mike 30/05/2024

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  1. SPC 1

    Mainfreight perspective on the futre of rail

    Braid said as a significant user of rail throughout New Zealand, Mainfreight was “unsettled” by the “fiasco” around the future of the Cook Strait rail ferry services and rail service south of the Waikato.

    “What we’ve asked them is as long as we can rail into and out of ports for the ferries, then we’re ok with whatever they decide to do, as long as they get on with it and we don’t find the ferries run out of lifetime use,” he said.

    “That worries us and we have told them so. Rail is an efficient means to move freight around this country.’

    Braid said the company had had discussions with the independent committee currently advising the Government on its options.

    “What also worries us is when you read Simeon Brown’s (Minister of Transport) document, he only talks about rail freight between Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland. There’s an enormous amount of freight that travels by rail across the width and breadth of the country.

    “We would urge them to be thinking seriously about rail as an ongoing mode for freight in New Zealand

    This

    The loss of rail services between the North and South Islands would result in Mainfreight adding 5700 more truck and trailer journeys a year.

    Braid doesn’t believe the Government’s plans for the ferries will include rail-served vessels.

    https://archive.li/qVrAA#selection-2003.29-2003.33

    • No SPC, and they don't talk about the costs of stopping the new ferries or the vote that will be needed in view of that truck increases for roading maintenance. But so far forward planning does not seem to be in their wheelhouse. Or is it they have objectives they are keeping quiet about, while they blind us with sackings sinking lid austerity politics.

      Just a shout out to those protesting the treatment of the Treaty and related Laws. With you in spirit. Kia Kaha. Wairua Hikoi.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.2

      The loss of rail services between the North and South Islands would result in Mainfreight adding 5700 more truck and trailer journeys a year.

      Braid doesn’t believe the Government’s plans for the ferries will include rail-served vessels.

      https://archive.li/qVrAA#selection-2003.29-2003.33

      And how much damage will that cause to roads ! And of course the mega $ millions then repairing same : (

      Of course what does Simeon or the rest of his cronies care about that ?

      Support Rail

      https://thefutureisrail.org/

      • Bearded Git 1.2.1

        The only hope is that this is a 3 year government and the same ferries we have now are still operating in two and a half years time with no non-rail capable replacement ferries on order.

        The new government could then sort this Simeon Brown inspired mess out.

        • Belladonna 1.2.1.1

          Does anyone from the Opposition actually have a plan to 'sort this … mess out'?

          Because the last Labour government found the costs for the previous project unacceptable (which is why there was no funding agreed before the election).

          https://archive.ph/uztTk

          • Bearded Git 1.2.1.1.1

            That is interesting Bella. The new mega ferries were clearly less certain that was being portrayed in the media. But I note:

            "Cabinet made an in-principle decision to increase the contingency fund by $750m to enable the operation of the mega ferries but reduce the project’s scope by staging non-essential terminal development. Robertson wrote to McLean informing him of the decision and described it as the most viable option for the Crown. He said the significant cost increase required ministers to reconsider all potential options, particularly in the context of current capital constraints and other calls on Crown funding…."

            While the Labour Cabinet was keeping options open, the likely outcome was that the $750 million (probably $950 million) required would have been sanctioned, which would have permitted the purchase of the mega ferries, though their purchase would have been somewhat delayed, and work on the land would have been staged with only critical necessary work to be carried out. [As your link details, Kiwirail said $950 million (not 750) was the minimum to keep the project on track.]

            I still think that a Labour/Green government, if they had won the election, would have continued with the mega ferries (which of course are rail capable) because this is such a vital link for NZ, and the cost of the mega ferries and associated land improvements would serve the country for generations to come.

            If Simeon Brown goes with a cheapskate non-rail option, this will be a disaster, as detailed by Mainfreight above.

            • Belladonna 1.2.1.1.1.1

              But what is their policy now that they are in opposition – and seeking to win the next election.
              They can't continue the ferry build project (that ship has sailed – pardon the pun) – so what alternative are they going to campaign on?

          • KJT 1.2.1.1.2

            National's "plan" to sort the mess out" is to spend many more billions on roads, which have a worse cost benefit ratio when everything is taken into account, including environmental and opportunity costs, than upgrading the ferries to serve for at least 30 years in the future.

            Now the Government has changed, NZ coastal shipping, the other leg of environmentally and economically effective transport, also appears to have dissappeared from consideration.

            • Belladonna 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Again. What is Labour/Green policy?

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                Don't know about policy (I'm not a member of any political party) – wouldn't any previous policy now be in tatters thanks to Willis' decision? Still, a google suggests the Green party's transport spokesperson would be keen for the project to continue, despite sharing concerns about cost.

                Challenge to Willis’ costings on shoring up inter-island service [16 Feb 2024]
                But Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said there was no way another option to do all that was required would cost less.

                There’s no time like the present, it’s going to cost less to carry on with the project as it is now, than to kick it down the road another few years.

                I think that it’s highly unlikely we’re going to get reliable secondhand ships that have the capability and capacity to ensure that we have frequent and sustainable rail connection for freight between the two islands.

                An interesting comment under that article got me thinking (again) about who really benefits from the 'off-again on-again' short-term planning for crucial infrastructure fostered by polarisation, political and otherwise.

                Surely large infrastructure projects such as Rail ferries, Port improvements and assembly areas; rail connectivity and roll-on roll off services, are multiyear planning and investment decisions which should be managed by a cross-party team: not left to the whim of an enthusiastic finance minister worried with balancing the books in the short term?

                As for the Labour party, a LabourVoices release by their transport spokesperson suggests they would have preferred the project to go ahead. Too partisan for my tastes, but certainly no more-so than NAct.

                Release: Public transport costs to double as National looks at unaffordable roading project instead [15 April 2024]
                The Cook Straight ferries have been canned, despite the urgent need for replacements to secure the future of our vital North-South Island link for passengers and freight.

                Out of curiosity, what was the National/Act policy prior to Willis' decision to can this infrastructure project?
                And this is fun – the deputy PM being his usual helpful self smiley

                Ministerial Statements — KiwiRail—Interislander Ferry Fleet, Funding [12 Dec 2023]

                https://www.infrastructurenews.co.nz/future-freight-transport-dead-water/

                • Belladonna

                  – wouldn't any previous policy now be in tatters thanks to Willis' decision?

                  Yes, that's rather the point. The OP was hoping for a 1-term government in order to 'sort this … mess out'?

                  None of the previous policies to continue the project or continue the project with modifications are viable any longer. I've not seen any new proposals from the opposition on what they would do now.

                  Links to what they claim they would have done, had they been re-elected are rather pointless.

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    While they were in opposition, did Nat/ACT/NZF have policies for securing the future of our vital North-South Island link for passengers and freight? And what's our CoC govt's plan now?

                    Budget 2024 opinion: Coalition gives Cook Strait the cold shoulder [30 May 2024]
                    So, what’s the plan here? There doesn’t appear to be one.

                    Btw, nice work holding our CoC govt to account here, in your uniquely centrist fashion.

                    Briefing floats possibility of KiwiRail exiting Cook Strait Interislander ferry service [20 March 2024]
                    The Government will have more to say on this in due course.

                    Budget 2024: Money to investigate emergency towing but no new Cook Strait ferries [30 May 2024]

                    Surely large infrastructure projects such as Rail ferries, Port improvements and assembly areas; rail connectivity and roll-on roll off services, are multiyear planning and investment decisions which should be managed by a cross-party team: not left to the whim of an enthusiastic finance minister worried with balancing the books in the short term?

                    • Belladonna

                      I'm not the one calling for a one-term government to sort the issue out. Just the one asking for some evidence that the opposition has a plan to do this.

                      Perhaps you could link to the evidence that they do have a plan.

                      " multiyear planning and investment decisions which should be managed by a cross-party team"

                      Well, now, that would be a pleasant change – but I can't see the highly oppositional nature of NZ politics achieving this.

                      I don't see any evidence that the previous Labour government were seeking cross-party support for their rail-ferry infrastructure investment, nor sharing the information they were receiving about the rapidly escalating budget.

                    • bwaghorn []

                      Labour had cross party consensus with national on high density housing, but the nats have renegeded

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    Getting NZ Back on Track (link to an Emmerson cartoon)
                    https://cloudfront-ap-southeast-2.images.arcpublishing.com/nzme/QNAJHC2ACZGPXCDCFB6JCTBFWA.jpg

                    Just the one asking for some evidence that the opposition has a plan to do this.

                    They had a plan in government, and the next government torpedoed the project. Maybe that was a good call – time will tell.

                    National, Labour firing broadsides after Cook Strait ferry project founders [14 Dec 2023]
                    Willis in Parliament on Thursday made a Ministerial Statement ahead of Question Time, having announced the day before she had rejected a bid from KiwiRail for further funding for the project to replace the Interislander ferries.

                    She [Willis] promised to provide further updates about the future of the ferry crossing before Christmas, reassuring people the government would be "working to ensure we have ongoing safe reliable ferry services and that we'll make the investments needed to deal with that".

                    Over 5 months later, it's now time for our new govt to reveal and implement their (cost-effective) replacement plan to secure the future of the North-South Island link for passengers and freight. Or is that plan out already? Assuming they can access an internet, future generations of Kiwis will marvel at the foresight and long-term planning capabilities of today's politicians.

                    Well, now, that would be a pleasant change – but I can't see the highly oppositional nature of NZ politics achieving this.

                    Yes, it would be great. Who is served by this "highly oppositional nature" that contributes to poor (at times very poor) governance? Imagine how much more productive, progressive and positive NZ could be with greater parliamentary bipartisan consensus.

                    Politicians need agreed vision on NZ’s future’ – Infrastructure NZ boss [27 March 2024]

                    Shaw understood the lasting value of bipartisan legislation, and achieved the same by working with National party MPs:

                    James Shaw's valedictory – and his new roles [1 May 2024]
                    "I'm a liberal leftie from Aro Valley, so if you asked me at the start of my career, who I thought I would become close friends with, my first pick wouldn't be a Catholic conservative from Tauranga," referring to Todd Muller, who worked with Shaw to ensure the Zero Carbon Act was enduring and bipartisan.

                    And all parliamentary parties bar National seem to think the principle of fairness trumps partisan politics with regard to restoring citizenship to people born in Western Samoa.

                    Why did ACT and NZ First break with National on restoring citizenship to people born in Western Samoa? [11 April 2024]

                    Then there's the housing density agreement, while it lasted.

                    National pulls out of bipartisan housing density agreement in new policy [28 May 2023]

                    The lead-up to TPP ratification (parliamentary approval not required) prompted public protests (I attended two), but the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) Amendment Bill enjoyed nearly unanimous support in the house – only Green MPs voted against.

                    The 'anti-smacking bill' also had strong parliamentary support (8 noes in a conscience vote during the Clark/Labour govt, with the Key/National govt having no appetite to repeal the legislation), while our last parliament unanimously passed a sex self-identification law, despite it being "a lightning rod for culture wars issues."

                    Bipartisan agreements are possible, and the 1st year after an election could be a good time to develop consensus (challenging with ACT/NZF on board, for sure). Otherwise, successive 'stop-start governments' will further divide NZ, and who would want that?

                    Beyond COVID-19: five actions which would improve the health of all New Zealanders [NZMJ, 22 May 2020]
                    We need to reflect carefully on the fact that in 2020 our political leaders united in bipartisan agreement to make dramatic changes to our way of life in the interests of public health.

  2. Jimmy 2

    Lets hope today is the day that a government finally increases the tax brackets that haven't increased for about 13 years, even though the minimum wage has increased from around $13.00 per hour in 2011 to $23.15 today, as a person working full time on the minimum wage now gets in to paying 33% on their last bit of income!

    • Bearded Git 2.1

      The top tax bracket needs to be increased to a rate of 45% over $150k, rather than the current 39% over $180k.

      • Sealegs 2.1.1

        Tax at 45% about 150K you reakon, that would put us close if not the highest rate of tax in the developed world. You would see a mad sell up and scramble for the airport, that would include your doctor's, business owners all the people that are way more productive than you, and that pay the majority of the tax. You really have to rethink your envious nature as 150k in the real world is not a very big income and alot of tradesmen are getting very close to that figure or over it, they would join the exodus. The drop in tax take would be disastrous.

        • Bearded Git 2.1.1.1

          On reflection perhaps you are right Sealegs. The real issue is the blatant unfairness of the top 5% owning such a large proportion of capital assets.

          So a much better option would be a meaningful Wealth Tax or a Land Tax while keeping the 39% above $180k threshold. The Greens had a WT in their last manifesto that looked workable and fair.

    • SPC 2.2

      Sure, 33 cents starting above the MW.

    • mikesh 2.3

      a person working full time on the minimum wage now gets in to paying 33% on their last bit of income!

      An increase from 30% to 33% on their last bit of income doesn't seem like much of a hardship.

      • Descendant Of Smith 2.3.1

        by last bit you mean $152-00.

        Min wage for 40 hours is $48,152 per annum.

        I don't disagree that brackets should be adjusted but then I think three things should be adjusted for all workers by the rate of inflation every year.

        1. Minimum wage
        2. All wages for everyone as many contracts now have no provision for annual pay increases (or at best an annual review discussion which results in no increase)
        3. Tax brackets

        This way workers would at least maintain their income value.

        Unions and individuals could then negotiate for productivity etc increases.

        • SPC 2.3.1.1

          I'd link pay equity agreements to the median or average wage – so they do not fall back in real terms.

          And I'd link a tax bracket to MW level (I'd leave others as they are).

    • Jimmy 2.4

      Apologies, I hadn't had my morning coffee when commenting above so wasn't fully awake. The minimum wage gets you in to the 30% tax bracket not 33%! Still far too high a tax rate IMO. And then of course, anything you spend your net income on mostly has GST of 15% on it.

      • Craig H 2.4.1

        With current housing costs, not necessarily as mortgage repayments (including interest) and rent are both exempt from GST.

      • KJT 2.4.2

        Legacy of the great tax swap, where tax on high incomes, inheritances and unearned gains was decreased, and GST and income tax on median incomes and below, increased!

        We will see a repeat today, no matter how they dress it up with spin. Low income earners, families and those on welfare will see a “block of cheese” per month at best. Most of which will be clawed back by private child care providers, landlords, power companies and other vultures. Not to mention National’s sneaky increased taxes, sorry! user pays charges.

  3. Adrian 3

    It is staggering that Braid of Mainfreight has been ignored by Simeon Brown who at a stretch I would reckon doesn’t know which end of a truck or ferry is the front.

  4. Drowsy M. Kram 4

    "We're all in it together." – Lady Willis

    We're 'in it', all right, but 'together'? Really, m'lady, surely you jest.

    Cost of landlord tax break increased by $800m to $2.9b

    King Luxon: Chow down landLords – let's get your income back on track.

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    [27 April 2023]
    A wealth gap reality check
    … median effective tax rate paid by New Zealand’s richest individuals is just 8.9%, compared to an effective tax rate of 22% for someone earning $80,000 a year with no other income. As The Spinoff’s Duncan Greive explains, “the low tax rates paid are achieved because this group earns just 7% of its income through wages …

    Today’s classroom visitor is Mr Luxon from the National Party
    MR LUXON: If you were naughty you went to boot camp and got scared into being an ordinary hardworking New Zealander. Or you became a bottom-feeder. Don’t become bottom-feeders, boys and girls.

    TV presenter’s foodbank cuts 500 families as times get tough
    "The demand is never-ending," he [Letele] said. "There is no light at the end of any tunnel. It is relentless, and it is depressing, and we cannot do any more than we are doing.

    Letele is also aghast at suggestions from Act's leader, David Seymour, that cuts could be made to free school meal provision, saying BBM saw a huge spike in demand during school holidays because families struggled to feed their children.

    Why poverty in New Zealand is everyone's concern
    Liang describes poverty as a "heritable condition" that perpetuates and amplifies through generations: "It is also not hard to see how individual poverty flows into communities and society, with downstream effects on economics, crime and health, as well as many other systems. Loosen one strand and everything else unravels."

    A Kete Half Empty
    Poverty is your problem, it is everyone's problem, not just those who are in poverty. – Rebecca, a child from Te Puru

    • Maurice 4.1

      median effective tax rate paid by New Zealand’s richest individuals is just 8.9%, compared to an effective tax rate of 22% for someone earning $80,000

      $80,000 @ 22% = $17,600

      $800,000 @ 8.9% = $71,200

      Who is paying "more" tax? Indeed four times more in money terms.

      Median effective tax rate is simply mathematical manipulation to make it look like that is not so.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 4.1.1

        $800,000 @ 8.9% = $71,200

        $728,800 – awful – how does one even survive on such a pittance?
        Surprised these Kiwis haven't buggered off – what's keeping them here?

        Why poverty in New Zealand is everyone’s concern
        Liang describes poverty as a “heritable condition” that perpetuates and amplifies through generations: “It is also not hard to see how individual poverty flows into communities and society, with downstream effects on economics, crime and health, as well as many other systems. Loosen one strand and everything else unravels.

        A Kete Half Empty
        Poverty is your problem, it is everyone’s problem, not just those who are in poverty. – Rebecca, a child from Te Puru

        New Zealanders still cling to the idea that we’re an egalitarian, classless society. The reality is we’re increasingly stratified. The gap between rich and poor is wider than we like to admit and it’s possible – depending on where you live and work – to avoid seeing poor families. This may be why some deny the existence, let alone the impact, of child poverty in our country.

        Twenty-five years later I’m still learning, much of it from my patients. Part of the reason I wanted to write this essay was to try to understand some of the research on child poverty, and to apply it to what I do. I’m no expert on this topic – just a simple practitioner – but luckily there is no lack of detailed reports on every aspect of child poverty. They all agree that there is a problem – and there are solutions.

        https://hail.to/sewn/article/iJuaVvH

        • Maurice 4.1.1.1

          So how much do you feel the tax should be?

          TEN times as much 800,000 @ 22% – $176,000 [$624,000 left]

          TWENTY times as much 800,000 @ 44% – $352,000 [$448,000 left]

          At what level do you think they would bugger off and pay no tax at all?

          • Descendant Of Smith 4.1.1.1.1

            Did they bugger off when tax was much higher? It is such an idle bullshit threat.

            Are we as country, rather than themselves as individuals, better off since they have have lower tax rates. Look around you the answer is clearly no.

            How low should tax be until it trickles down? When will the well-off ever be satisfied? The answer is never. The rich will never be satisfied. They can never be rich enough. Profit is just a private tax as opposed to a public one.

            • gsays 4.1.1.1.1.1

              This 'capital flight' nonsense can be filed under 'trickle down' and 'market decides' myths. It’s next to the “The right are good managers of the economy” in the fiction area.

              Just neo-liberal bulldust,

              • Descendant Of Smith

                No one ever says quite where they are going to go to.

                Australia has higher taxes, 14% employer contribution to super, asset testing of superannuation payments and most NZ businesses who move to Oz fail.

                The UK has death duties as does the US, Ireland, the US, France, Germany etc.

          • Drowsy M. Kram 4.1.1.1.2

            So how much do you feel the tax should be?

            I'm keen on the Green / TPM wealth taxes – would be under their thresholds. If not a wealth tax, then maybe a 45% tax rate on income over A$190,001.

            Given an exchange rate of ~92 Australian cents to the NZ$, our threshold for a 45% tax rate might be ~NZ$210,000, so income of NZ$800,000 would attract ~$265,500 in tax on the $590,000 over that threshold (leaving an absolute pittance of NZ$324,500 – such penury is almost unimaginable), in addition to whatever tax might be owing on the first $210,000.

            So, how much do you feel the tax should be?

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_rates

            At what level do you think they would bugger off…

            No idea – do you? Might depend (in part) on what's keeping them here now.

            … and pay no tax at all?

            Well, yes, perhaps that is an ultimate goal for some – to "pay no tax at all".

            PM wanted NZ to become 'Jersey of the South Pacific' [6 April 2016]
            Prime Minister John Key is not shying away from comments he made before he became Prime Minister that he wanted New Zealand to be more like a British dependency, well-known as a tax haven, in order to grow the economy.

            Timeline: John Key on foreign trusts [13 April 2016]
            Since news of the Panama Papers leak broke, Prime Minister John Key has been under pressure to address New Zealand's rules on foreign trusts, amid accusations that the country is a "tax haven".

            Is NZ a tax haven for the rich and dodgy? The Pandora Papers reignite the debate [6 Oct 2021]
            But until more information is revealed about who is still using New Zealand’s foreign trust system and for what ends, it’s difficult to know how effective New Zealand’s regulations have been in clamping down on evasion and laundering.

            Heh – “the rich and dodgy” – can’t help helping themselves.

            Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. – Einstein

            The Coalition Government has an opportunity to design a conservative tax reform package reducing the need for more radical reforms, Dan Brunskill says [18 May 2024]
            More New Zealanders are becoming anxious that society is being permanently divided into two separated classes: those who own property and those who do not.

            Kiwi children born to parents who did not have the opportunity to buy cheap assets at the end of the twentieth century often find themselves unable to buy a home and join the first class.

            While they don’t get to share so much in the wealth of the nation, they are expected to contribute a growing share of their income to its maintenance.

            This is not a politically sustainable arrangement. Bill English, a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister, said so himself late last year.

            If the incoming government was not able to make progress on housing affordability, then New Zealand would “certainly” end up with a capital gains and wealth tax.

            Because the people shut out of the market are not going to tolerate another round of house price growth where they're locked out,” English said.

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    2 days ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    3 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    3 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    4 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    6 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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